nattosoup:

8bitmaximo:

leseanthomas:

OMFG. THIS. SHOW.

GPOY FOREVER.

What is this beautiful show, I must watch it.

(via hoshikira)

unamusedsloth:

Distracting enough for a kitten, a dog, and two chickens.

unamusedsloth:

Distracting enough for a kitten, a dog, and two chickens.

(via hoshikira)

whiskeydrinking-operating:

This is Chester. When I was in Afghanistan I got a care package from one of those “Adopt a Soldier” programs that lets families send care packages to service men and women who are deployed overseas. Anyway, I got this care package, and it came with the usual stuff: Baby wipes, crackers, peanut butter, the Dad threw in a pack of cigarettes, and there was some jerky. But there was also a little beanie baby gold fish and a hand written note from a 7 year old girl that said  “Dear Soldier, (I wasn’t even mad) I hope you are doing well. I’m sorry you have to miss thanksgiving with your family. This is my friend Chester. He keeps me safe from monsters, but I think you need him more than I do. I hope he keeps you safe from the monsters you’re fighting. Take good care of him for me”.
You bet your ass that little fish was in my pocket every time I went on patrol.

whiskeydrinking-operating:

This is Chester. When I was in Afghanistan I got a care package from one of those “Adopt a Soldier” programs that lets families send care packages to service men and women who are deployed overseas. Anyway, I got this care package, and it came with the usual stuff: Baby wipes, crackers, peanut butter, the Dad threw in a pack of cigarettes, and there was some jerky. But there was also a little beanie baby gold fish and a hand written note from a 7 year old girl that said
“Dear Soldier, (I wasn’t even mad)
I hope you are doing well. I’m sorry you have to miss thanksgiving with your family. This is my friend Chester. He keeps me safe from monsters, but I think you need him more than I do. I hope he keeps you safe from the monsters you’re fighting. Take good care of him for me”.

You bet your ass that little fish was in my pocket every time I went on patrol.

(via im-missing-part-of-me)

aonoexorthieves:

yup, I found a tracer. a lot of their other uploads look traced as well and they have an upload from 2012 that I know was traced (I caught someone else tracing that same piece in the past) so they have a history of tracing. I’d dig up a bunch of sources but I’ve got too much of a headache from RL bullshit today to scour the internet for the original versions of their traced stuff, especially since a lot of them are crappy photos of stuff drawn on paper.

also, they’ve hidden my comment about tracing being bad that also links to the original artist.

traced: http://sollchuzz.deviantart.com/art/Rin-Okumura-Ao-no-Exorcist-478603007
source: http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=24651965

traced: http://sollchuzz.deviantart.com/art/Arigato-3-305777595
source: http://kanae.deviantart.com/art/Hetalia-Hug-Project-111317785

gods, dealing with art thieves REALLY is headache inducing sometimes.

yesterday’s shitstain of an art thief deleted their account, but not before treating me like I was oppressing their right to post images they didn’t make on deviantArt, insisting it wasn’t violating copyrights, and telling me what a horrible, terrible person I am for trying to protect the original artist’s right and keep them from getting themselves into trouble and how I’m a disgrace to deviantArt.

they’ve since started uploading some of the artwork they had on dA to their facebook (which I found very easily since their dA name was their real name and googling it took me right to their facebook).

now someone I made a comment to almost a week ago on a WIP shot of artwork they copied from a pixiv artist saying the least they could do was credit that artist properly, who that artist was, how to find who the original artist is, and politely explaining that legally they should be asking permission before copying as well gives me THIS bullshit when I comment on the finished version they just poses tonight:

Guy I caught the picture on google …. had no information about the artist of this work … I have been searching who the author was but found nothing…

they fucking knew who the artist was because I already told them so it’s a blatant lie that they didn’t credit because they didn’t know who made the original.

and holy shit I think I just found a tracer, now I need to go source more shit…

equinegear:

spandex-tight-turns:

clipclopphotography:

sparklypinkprincessponies:

spandex-tight-turns:

spandex-tight-turns:

If you’re in Arizona, please be careful. Some hay was sprayed with something causing chemical burns on the horses!

spurbroke

This is a big thing going on in the phelan/hesperia CA area right now as well. UC Davis did test this and it is a chemical causing photo-sensitivity. Still very scary for us and painful for the horses. Source below.

 http://www.thehorse.com/articles/34334/hay-tested-after-california-horses-become-ill

Is it a certain type of hay that got sprayed (like alfalfa or Timothy)?

I think it was alfalfa. I don’t know too much.

It was found in alfalfa and it’s a naturally occurring chemical, it’s not a pesticide or herbicide. We learned about this in my Feed Grains class. If you bail certain types of hay(especially Alfalfa) too wet or too green, when the horse eats it the fluid from the grass gets on their face and due to sunlight, causes a photosensitive reaction. It’s as if you cut celery and didn’t wash your hands and went into sunlight, it causes rashes and blisters on your hands due to the photosensitivity. 

It’s really painful for the horse at certain points, best to just bute and see what the vet says as how you should treat the abrasions because different horses are going to have different reactions. 

If you suspect your hay is too wet or too green(smell it, does it smell like fresh cut grass? or does it smell like hay that’s been laid out for awhile?) either lay it out in the sun away from horses(so they don’t consume it) for 5-7 days, flipping it over halfway through, to ensure extra drying occurs. If you’re really worried that doing some drying yourself isn’t going to work or you believe you have too much to dry, then you might just have to eat the cash and go buy more hay.

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weazulgrl:

weazulgrl:

and it turns out some little shitstain I found on deviantArt this morning posting art from pixiv on an account barely a day old is hiding my comments now and completely not listening to me about how they’re not supposed to do that and how it hurts and disrespects the original artists. giving them one more chance before I go the next step tho since they ARE a newb.

seriously, they took the pixiv stuff down but they still have a gif of iPhone innards that they didn’t make up and a scan of both of the Ao no Exorcist OST booklet covers together that can be found on Zerochan in their gallery.

and it only took a whole day of trying to explain at least half a dozen ways about why uploading artwork that doesn’t belong to you is morally and legally wrong to get them to remove 3/5 of their stolen uploads and I don’t think they get it still because they they want me to contact all three artists for them to get permission for them to upload their art. this is despite the fact I told them one was very against people reuploading their art and one had deleted their account and stopped sharing online because people kept editing and reposting their artwork even when they made it clear they didn’t want ANYONE doing that. (that second one they also had prints enabled for too.)

bloody hells this shitstain is a moron… “I don’t need to take this down because I got it off Google and it’s on a lot of sites and I don’t need to take that down because I got it off an image site and I’ve seen other people post it elsewhere multiple times.” he’s lucky as hell I don’t have a mutant superpower that allows me to phase things thru the internet because if I did I’d be smacking that twit with my cane thru the internet right now trying to smack some sense into him,

shamanshendu:

idelity:

Egypt, China, Russia and Iran’s governments have now all criticized the USA over the human rights being broken in Ferguson. 

What a fucking embarrassment.

(via hiskindofcrazy)

wolveswolves:

Wolves cooperate but dogs submit, study suggests
19 August 2014


For dog lovers, comparative psychologists Friederike Range and Zsófia Virányi have an unsettling conclusion. Many researchers think that as humans domesticated wolves, they selected for a cooperative nature, resulting in animals keen to pitch in on tasks with humans. But when the two scientists at the Messerli Research Institute at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna studied lab-raised dog and wolf packs, they found that wolves were the tolerant, cooperative ones. The dogs, in contrast, formed strict, linear dominance hierarchies that demand obedience from subordinates, Range explained last week at the Animal Behavior Society meeting at Princeton University. As wolves became dogs, she thinks, they were bred for the ability to follow orders and to be dependent on human masters.
Range and Virányi developed their new portrayal of dogs and wolves by giving a series of tests to socialized packs of mixed-breed dogs and wolves, four packs of each species, containing anywhere from two to six animals each. The scientists raised all the animals from about 10 days old at the Wolf Science Center in Game Park Ernstbrunn, Austria, living with them 24 hours a day until they were introduced to pack life, so that they were accustomed to humans.
Range and her colleagues tested the dogs’ and wolves’ tolerance for their fellow pack members with a mealtime challenge. The researchers paired a high-ranking dog with a low-ranking pack buddy and set out a bowl of food, then gave the same challenge to a pair of wolves. In every matchup, “the higher ranking dog monopolized the food,” Range told the meeting. “But in the wolf tests, both high- and low-ranking animals had access” and were able to chow down at the same time. At times, the more dominant wolves were “mildly aggressive toward their subordinates, but a lower ranking dog won’t even try” when paired with a top dog, Range said. “They don’t dare to challenge.”
Wolves also beat the hounds on tests that assessed whether the canids were able to follow the gaze of their fellows to find food. “They are very cooperative with each other, and when they have a disagreement or must make a group decision, they have a lot of communication or ‘talk’ first,” Range said.  The same was not true for the center’s dog packs; for even the smallest transgression, a higher ranked dog “may react aggressively” toward one that is subordinate.
Range and Virányi suspect that the relationship between dogs and humans is hierarchical, with humans as top dogs, rather than cooperative, as in wolf packs. The notion of “dog-human cooperation” needs to be reconsidered, Range said, as well as “the hypotheses that domestication enhanced dogs’ cooperative abilities.” Instead, our ancestors bred dogs for obedience and dependency. “It’s not about having a common goal,” Range said. “It’s about being with us, but without conflict. We tell them something, and they obey.”
“It’s wonderful work,” says James Serpell, an ethologist at the University of Pennsylvania. “But it’s not what the dog training community wants to hear; you can’t say the word ‘dominance’ around them. Does dominance exist as a phenomenon in dogs? The answer is clearly ‘yes,’ ” Serpell says, although he notes that there are breed differences. Other researchers, for example, have shown that when in packs, poodles and Labrador retrievers are more aggressive than are malamutes and German shepherds.     
Monique Udell, an animal behaviorist at Oregon State University, Corvallis, says her own study of dog and wolf behavior, also presented at the meeting, supports Range’s contention that dogs are waiting for orders. To find out if dogs are “independent problem solvers,” she presented 20 adult dogs (10 pets and 10 from shelters) with sealed containers of summer sausage. Each animal was allotted 2 minutes to open it. Ten captive wolves were given the same test. Not one of the adult dogs succeeded; most did not even try. Meanwhile, eight of the 10 wolves opened the container in less than 2 minutes. So did dog puppies, indicating that dogs are no less capable of the task than wolves, but “as the dog grows and becomes more dependent on its human owner that [independent] behavior is inhibited,” Udell said.
Underscoring the point, she found that adult pooches could open the container after all—when their human owner told them to do so. Because dogs “suppress their independence, it’s difficult to know what their normal problem-solving abilities are,” she told the meeting.
It may be that we have to give Fido a command to find out.


Source

wolveswolves:

Wolves cooperate but dogs submit, study suggests

19 August 2014

For dog lovers, comparative psychologists Friederike Range and Zsófia Virányi have an unsettling conclusion. Many researchers think that as humans domesticated wolves, they selected for a cooperative nature, resulting in animals keen to pitch in on tasks with humans. But when the two scientists at the Messerli Research Institute at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna studied lab-raised dog and wolf packs, they found that wolves were the tolerant, cooperative ones. The dogs, in contrast, formed strict, linear dominance hierarchies that demand obedience from subordinates, Range explained last week at the Animal Behavior Society meeting at Princeton University. As wolves became dogs, she thinks, they were bred for the ability to follow orders and to be dependent on human masters.

Range and Virányi developed their new portrayal of dogs and wolves by giving a series of tests to socialized packs of mixed-breed dogs and wolves, four packs of each species, containing anywhere from two to six animals each. The scientists raised all the animals from about 10 days old at the Wolf Science Center in Game Park Ernstbrunn, Austria, living with them 24 hours a day until they were introduced to pack life, so that they were accustomed to humans.

Range and her colleagues tested the dogs’ and wolves’ tolerance for their fellow pack members with a mealtime challenge. The researchers paired a high-ranking dog with a low-ranking pack buddy and set out a bowl of food, then gave the same challenge to a pair of wolves. In every matchup, “the higher ranking dog monopolized the food,” Range told the meeting. “But in the wolf tests, both high- and low-ranking animals had access” and were able to chow down at the same time. At times, the more dominant wolves were “mildly aggressive toward their subordinates, but a lower ranking dog won’t even try” when paired with a top dog, Range said. “They don’t dare to challenge.”

Wolves also beat the hounds on tests that assessed whether the canids were able to follow the gaze of their fellows to find food. “They are very cooperative with each other, and when they have a disagreement or must make a group decision, they have a lot of communication or ‘talk’ first,” Range said.  The same was not true for the center’s dog packs; for even the smallest transgression, a higher ranked dog “may react aggressively” toward one that is subordinate.

Range and Virányi suspect that the relationship between dogs and humans is hierarchical, with humans as top dogs, rather than cooperative, as in wolf packs. The notion of “dog-human cooperation” needs to be reconsidered, Range said, as well as “the hypotheses that domestication enhanced dogs’ cooperative abilities.” Instead, our ancestors bred dogs for obedience and dependency. “It’s not about having a common goal,” Range said. “It’s about being with us, but without conflict. We tell them something, and they obey.”

“It’s wonderful work,” says James Serpell, an ethologist at the University of Pennsylvania. “But it’s not what the dog training community wants to hear; you can’t say the word ‘dominance’ around them. Does dominance exist as a phenomenon in dogs? The answer is clearly ‘yes,’ ” Serpell says, although he notes that there are breed differences. Other researchers, for example, have shown that when in packs, poodles and Labrador retrievers are more aggressive than are malamutes and German shepherds.     

Monique Udell, an animal behaviorist at Oregon State University, Corvallis, says her own study of dog and wolf behavior, also presented at the meeting, supports Range’s contention that dogs are waiting for orders. To find out if dogs are “independent problem solvers,” she presented 20 adult dogs (10 pets and 10 from shelters) with sealed containers of summer sausage. Each animal was allotted 2 minutes to open it. Ten captive wolves were given the same test. Not one of the adult dogs succeeded; most did not even try. Meanwhile, eight of the 10 wolves opened the container in less than 2 minutes. So did dog puppies, indicating that dogs are no less capable of the task than wolves, but “as the dog grows and becomes more dependent on its human owner that [independent] behavior is inhibited,” Udell said.

Underscoring the point, she found that adult pooches could open the container after all—when their human owner told them to do so. Because dogs “suppress their independence, it’s difficult to know what their normal problem-solving abilities are,” she told the meeting.

It may be that we have to give Fido a command to find out.

Source

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tabrisms:

youobviouslyloveoctavia:

savrindrake:

princessparadoxical:

A DASHCON BY ANY OTHER NAME WOULD STILL PROBABLY BE TERRIBLE.
or:
Their new event (Emoti-Con) is
Being run by at least one of the Dashcon admins (Cain Hopkins) despite their ‘explanation interview' being a total and monumental failure
A lot of the text on the Emoti-Con website is taken straight from the Dashcon Facebook page
The date and venue set for Emoti-Con 2015 is exactly the same as initially set for Dashcon 2015
The Indianapolis Convention Centre now has the details for Emoti-Con 2015 but still links to the now-defunct Dashcon website
And it’s absolutely hilarious.

oh boy here we go

Dashcon 2: Electric Boogaloo

Time to dive back into the ball pit.

tabrisms:

youobviouslyloveoctavia:

savrindrake:

princessparadoxical:

A DASHCON BY ANY OTHER NAME WOULD STILL PROBABLY BE TERRIBLE.

or:

Their new event (Emoti-Con) is

And it’s absolutely hilarious.

oh boy here we go

Dashcon 2: Electric Boogaloo

Time to dive back into the ball pit.

(via sillylaureate)

patronussouldream:

Sokka and his Moose Lion.

(via random-ception)

officialgeorgebush:

lewdfruitington:

omgpoetry:

this is funny
like really, really funny

You sly bugger. That took me a while.

I have googled my life away. I have read bible verses. I have studied the ohilosophical meaning behind the numbers. I have become a modern Gallup trying to ask people to help me figure this out. What the FUCK does it mean.

officialgeorgebush:

lewdfruitington:

omgpoetry:

this is funny

like really, really funny

You sly bugger. That took me a while.

I have googled my life away. I have read bible verses. I have studied the ohilosophical meaning behind the numbers. I have become a modern Gallup trying to ask people to help me figure this out. What the FUCK does it mean.

(via thegreenwolf)

weazulgrl:

and it turns out some little shitstain I found on deviantArt this morning posting art from pixiv on an account barely a day old is hiding my comments now and completely not listening to me about how they’re not supposed to do that and how it hurts and disrespects the original artists. giving them one more chance before I go the next step tho since they ARE a newb.

seriously, they took the pixiv stuff down but they still have a gif of iPhone innards that they didn’t make up and a scan of both of the Ao no Exorcist OST booklet covers together that can be found on Zerochan in their gallery.

and it only took a whole day of trying to explain at least half a dozen ways about why uploading artwork that doesn’t belong to you is morally and legally wrong to get them to remove 3/5 of their stolen uploads and I don’t think they get it still because they they want me to contact all three artists for them to get permission for them to upload their art. this is despite the fact I told them one was very against people reuploading their art and one had deleted their account and stopped sharing online because people kept editing and reposting their artwork even when they made it clear they didn’t want ANYONE doing that. (that second one they also had prints enabled for too.)

professorfangirl:

prokopetz:

This is the one time of year that I love wasps.
Not because the wasps themselves get any nicer. They’re horrid little creatures year round. No, it’s because I have a couple of big apple trees out back, and late August, early September is when the apples start ripening.
Now, if you don’t harvest your own fruit, there are two things you need to know about apples.
The first thing you need to know about apples is that, when apples get ripe, they tend to fall from the tree at the slightest breeze.
I often work late at the office; by the time I get home, there are piles of apples scattered everywhere - and sure enough, the wasps are out in force, gorging themselves on the fruit. When I go to clean up the windfallen apples, the wasps naturally do the “rawr, I’ma fuck you up!” routine for which wasps are known.
The second thing you need to know about apples is that they ferment very rapidly in the late August heat.
So: the wasps try to come at me, but they’re too drunk to fly. They get about an inch off the ground, then faceplant directly into the turf, flip over onto their backs, and lay there, legs twitching in the air as they try in vain to find something to sting.
Perhaps I’m a man of simple pleasures, but I bust up laughing every. single. time.
Fucking wasps.

I tried to reblog this with a witty tag, but Tumblr took it as serious advice:

professorfangirl:

prokopetz:

This is the one time of year that I love wasps.

Not because the wasps themselves get any nicer. They’re horrid little creatures year round. No, it’s because I have a couple of big apple trees out back, and late August, early September is when the apples start ripening.

Now, if you don’t harvest your own fruit, there are two things you need to know about apples.

The first thing you need to know about apples is that, when apples get ripe, they tend to fall from the tree at the slightest breeze.

I often work late at the office; by the time I get home, there are piles of apples scattered everywhere - and sure enough, the wasps are out in force, gorging themselves on the fruit. When I go to clean up the windfallen apples, the wasps naturally do the “rawr, I’ma fuck you up!” routine for which wasps are known.

The second thing you need to know about apples is that they ferment very rapidly in the late August heat.

So: the wasps try to come at me, but they’re too drunk to fly. They get about an inch off the ground, then faceplant directly into the turf, flip over onto their backs, and lay there, legs twitching in the air as they try in vain to find something to sting.

Perhaps I’m a man of simple pleasures, but I bust up laughing every. single. time.

Fucking wasps.

I tried to reblog this with a witty tag, but Tumblr took it as serious advice:

image

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